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Stolen van with ‘sushi wrap on it’ used in robberies

Mikuni’s van was stolen Friday morning and used in two robberies, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Mikuni’s van was stolen Friday morning and used in two robberies, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Friday morning robberies at a gas station and saloon in El Dorado County were carried out with an unusually conspicuous vehicle – a brightly colored van stolen earlier in the day from a Roseville sushi restaurant, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.

“It’s probably not the best vehicle to do criminal activity in,” said Dee Dee Gunther, a spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department, which is handling the search for the stolen van. “It has, like, a sushi wrap on it … It should be pretty easy to find.”

Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi bar learned that its vehicle – a white 2017 Ford van sporting a enlarged picture of sushi and the Mikuni logo – was missing when the Sheriff’s Office contacted the restaurant Friday about the robberies, Gunther said. The restaurant reported the van theft to Roseville police at 7:39 a.m.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, early in the morning on Friday, two suspects seen in a van with Mikuni’s logo broke into and stole from a Valero Gas Station on Pony Express Trail at Ridgeway Drive.

About an hour later, the suspects – still driving the Mikuni van – broke into El Dorado Saloon and Grill in El Dorado Hills to steal various items, the Sheriff’s Office said. When a saloon employee arrived and intervened, the suspects ordered the employee onto the floor, completed their theft and fled, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at 530-621-6600.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah

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